When you go to a film festival, you always tend to pick out the ‘must see’ films that you simply have to watch. Well, put a scribble or a star next to these 6 flicks, on show at this year’s third annual Grimm Up North film festival at AMC Cinema in Manchester, as I tell you why you should look forward to them:
With the help of a guide, four urban explorers discover the hidden tunnels under Berlin. When their guide has an accident, the group splits to look for help but help finds them when a mysterious border guard appears. Reluctantly, the pair follow the border guard but soon realise trusting him wasn’t the best idea. You can’t beat a bit of underground, gory, claustrophobic madness and this movie promises heaps of it!
When and what time? Friday 7th October – 5.25pm
Directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas, Kidnapped (Secuestrados) is about a gang of criminals who target a middle class Spanish family and take them hostage in their own home. This Spanish language film, which is subtitled, looks to be inspired by Michael Haneke’s Funny Games with an extra violent edge, and features some very terrifying scenes as the trailer above shows.
When and what time? Friday 7th October – 10pm
This film caused quite a stir at Sundance Film Festival and rightly so! A successful lawyer out hunting finds and captures a feral woman from the woods with the aim to civilise her so she fits in with society. However, their efforts reveal that the true animal is not always from the wild…
A disturbing, yet enlightening tale, this is one of the most talked about films and is definitely one to watch.
When and what time? Saturday 8th October 2011 – 5.40pm
The Whisperer in Darkness
Nobody made a decent, thorough adaptation of any of H.P. Lovecraft’s novels. The Haunted House was pretty alright but only took the core of the story The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. John Carpenter’s In The Mouth of Madness was definitely inspired by Lovecraft and a brilliant vision, but was not a Lovecraft tale. However, in 2005 the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society produced a black and white, silent film of The Call of Cthulhu which to this day remains the most authentic adaptation. The Whisperer in Darkness is created by the same team and from the trailer, offers more of the Lovecraft mythos we love.
When and what time? Sunday 9th October 2011 – 11.30am
The Ford Brothers have directed this unique zombie film in West Africa, Ghana and the Sahara Desert and come across many difficulties filming such as being held at gunpoint, the cast and crew contracting malaria and typhoid and constantly suffering from food poisoning. Despite these struggles, the team have put together a zombie film that refreshes the genre and oozes the passion of filmmaking.
When and what time? Sunday 9th October – 1.50pm
Directed by Xavier Gens (Hitman and Frontiers) and starring Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli from Heroes), Michael Biehn (The Terminator) and Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction), The Divide follows residents of an apartment block who take refuge in their building’s basement when a catastrophic nuclear explosion destroys New York. Survival instincts soon kick in but not only do they have to survive the explosion but survive each other . The trailer reminds me of Spanish infected zombie film, [REC], and I hope it’s the same tight knit, claustrophobic feel that [REC] displayed.
When and what time? Sunday 9th October – 4pm